• Tarik O'Regan
  • A Letter of Rights (2015)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)

A Letter of Rights was commissioned by Salisbury Cathedral to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

  • Strings (min. 2.2.2.2.1), perc
  • SATB (min. 16 singers)
  • 35 min
  • Tarik O'Regan
  • Alice Goodman
  • English, Latin

Programme Note

A Letter of Rights was commissioned by Salisbury Cathedral to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

The cantata explores the text of clauses 39 and 40 (a right to due legal process) in the Great Charter of 1215: Magna Carta. The musical structure is formed of eight sections separated by short instrumental interludes, and is framed by a prelude and postlude. It is palindromic, with ‘The wording’ (Section 5) at its axis.

But something comes before the text, before the pen curves through the air to form the first capital. That is the ground on which the letter is set: the parchment. Since the making of parchment requires the shedding of blood, this is where we begin.

Tarik O'Regan & Alice Goodman
27 February 2015

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